Indianapolis— David Coffey, DO, FAAO, FCA, of Auburn, Alabama, received the Fellow of American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented to those FAAOs who have further distinguished themselves in contributions to osteopathic literature; development of osteopathic theory, method or procedure; research; osteopathic education; service to the AAO on committees, boards, etc.; public relations; service to public health; and/or osteopathic medical economics and advocacy.
Dr. Coffey, a 1984 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), served as the 2013-14 American Academy of Osteopathy president. He was in a private family/OMM practice for 27 years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Montgomery, Alabama along with medical staff appointments at several local hospitals in their departments of medicine, family medicine and emergency medicine. He received board certifications from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice, the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, and from the American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
Dr. Coffey has served the osteopathic profession extensively throughout his career to include several leadership positions. He was president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Osteopathy from 1987 to 1992. He has served on the board of directors for the PCOM Alumni Association, and on the Board of Trustees for the AAO, The Osteopathic Cranial Academy Foundation, the Foundation for Osteopathic Research and Continuous Education, and served an appointment to the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health and has been a state delegation chair to the AOA House of Delegates.
As a member of The Osteopathic Cranial Academy, he served as its 1999-2001 president, on the executive board, on the Credentials Committee, as faculty at its mid-winter basic course and in 2009 was awarded the honorary degree of Fellow of the Cranial Academy.
As a member of the Academy, he has served on the AAO Board of Trustees, Board of Governors and several AAO committees to include the Investment Committee and the Committee on Fellowship. He earned his Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) in 2004. He was also a lecturer at the AAO’s 2001, 2012, and 2014 Convocations.
Dr. Coffey has also served internationally on the boards of the Bishop Gassis Sudan Relief Fund and the Catholic Medical Foundation with its focus on relief to Bosnia and Croatia during their wars with Serbia.